Utah Republicans pushing convention reform want to go to voters

May 28 2013 - 9:37am

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People look on during the Utah Republican Party's annual organizing convention Saturday, May 18, 2013, in Sandy, Utah. About 4,000 Republicans gathered in Sandy for the Utah Republican Party's annual organizing convention. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, addresses the Utah Republican Party's annual organizing convention Saturday, May 18, 2013, in Sandy, Utah. About 2,500 Republican delegates gathered in Sandy for the Utah Republican Party's annual organizing convention. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
People look on during the Utah Republican Party's annual organizing convention Saturday, May 18, 2013, in Sandy, Utah. About 4,000 Republicans gathered in Sandy for the Utah Republican Party's annual organizing convention. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
People look on during the Utah Republican Party's annual organizing convention Saturday, May 18, 2013, in Sandy, Utah. About 4,000 Republicans gathered in Sandy for the Utah Republican Party's annual organizing convention. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, addresses the Utah Republican Party's annual organizing convention Saturday, May 18, 2013, in Sandy, Utah. About 2,500 Republican delegates gathered in Sandy for the Utah Republican Party's annual organizing convention. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
People look on during the Utah Republican Party's annual organizing convention Saturday, May 18, 2013, in Sandy, Utah. About 4,000 Republicans gathered in Sandy for the Utah Republican Party's annual organizing convention. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

 

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Republicans pushing for reforms in their state caucus and convention system say they're moving forward with a plan to put an initiative before voters next year.

Prominent Republicans in the group "Count My Vote" are planning an initiative allowing candidates to make a primary ballot with signatures instead of convention nominations.

The Deseret News reports the group decided to continue the effort after delegates to the state Republican convention voted down changes that would have forced more candidates to face primaries.

"Count My Vote" chairman Rich McKeown says his group's effort is "too important not to proceed" and has started fundraising to cover the $1 million-plus cost of the initiative.

Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans says boosting turnouts at caucus meetings is a better route to increase participation.

 

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